Heimskringla, the Chronicle of the Kings of Norway

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Author: Snorri Sturluson

201. King Olaf Burns the Wood Shavings on His Hand for His Sabbath Breach.

It happened one Sunday that the king sat in his highseat at the dinner table, and had fallen into such deep thought that he did not observe how time went. In one hand he had a knife, and in the other a piece of fir-wood from which he cut splinters from time to time. The table-servant stood before him with a bowl in his hands; and seeing what the king was about, and that he was involved in thought, he said, "It is Monday, sire, to-morrow." The king looked at him when he heard this, and then it came into his mind what he was doing on the Sunday. Then the king ordered a lighted candle to be brought him, swept together all the shavings he had made, set them on fire, and let them burn upon his naked hand; showing thereby that he would hold fast by God’s law and commandment, and not trespass without punishment on what he knew to be right.

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Chicago: Snorri Sturluson, "201. King Olaf Burns the Wood Shavings on His Hand for His Sabbath Breach.," Heimskringla, the Chronicle of the Kings of Norway, ed. CM01B10.Txt - 149 Kb, CM01B10.Zip - 56 Kb and trans. Stanley Young in Heimskringla, the Chronicle of the Kings of Norway (New York: The Modern Library Publishers, 1918), Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VSM6T5JQXQK6SZ.

MLA: Sturluson, Snorri. "201. King Olaf Burns the Wood Shavings on His Hand for His Sabbath Breach." Heimskringla, the Chronicle of the Kings of Norway, edited by CM01B10.Txt - 149 Kb, CM01B10.Zip - 56 Kb, and translated by Stanley Young, in Heimskringla, the Chronicle of the Kings of Norway, New York, The Modern Library Publishers, 1918, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VSM6T5JQXQK6SZ.

Harvard: Sturluson, S, '201. King Olaf Burns the Wood Shavings on His Hand for His Sabbath Breach.' in Heimskringla, the Chronicle of the Kings of Norway, ed. and trans. . cited in 1918, Heimskringla, the Chronicle of the Kings of Norway, The Modern Library Publishers, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VSM6T5JQXQK6SZ.